London police plead for calm after attack at mosque

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A van plowed into a group of Muslim worshipers leaving prayers at a pair of north London mosques early Monday, leaving one person dead and injuring 10 others in what is being called a "terrorist attack".

The attack took place around 12:20 a.m., BST when a white van ran onto the sidewalk along Seven Sisters Road in front of the Muslim Welfare House, a place of worship as well as a local community center. A 48-year-old man was arrested, police said.

One person who had been receiving first aid prior to the attack that occurred just after midnight prayers Monday died on the scene, but it is unclear at this time whether or not his death was a result of the attack. A witness told the BBC that the driver said, "I want to kill Muslims", as he tried to flee the scene.

British Muslim leaders have linked the terrorist attack to islamophobia and urged United Kingdom prime minister, Theresa May, to do more to curb anti-Muslim rhetoric. But imam Mohammed Mahmoud stepped up and told the angry crowd to stop and to restrain the suspect until police arrived instead.

He has been taken to hospital as a precaution, and will be taken into custody once discharged, the Met said. Congregants on the scene who were attending to the injured happened to see a police van driving by, so they flagged it down.

"This is being treated as a terrorist attack and the counter-terrorism command is investigating".

"I have got relatively isolated communities of Muslims and I will act to reassure them".

After the London Bridge attack, the mayor's office reported a 40 per cent increase in racist incidents in the city and a fivefold increase in the number of anti-Muslim incidents.

Eight people were killed and 50 injured on June 3 when three Islamist militants drove into pedestrians on London Bridge and stabbed people at nearby restaurants and bars.

He said: "I ordered my tactical firm arms units to deal with the threat and be in the area of the mosques at about 2am".

British Prime Minister Theresa May will hold an emergency security session with her cabinet later this morning. She said her thoughts were with the injured, their loved ones and emergency officials who responded to the incident.

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